Foreign affiliates statistics (FATS) Structure and activity

Number of foreign affiliates of German investors
In 2018, the number of foreign corporate units with German investors decreased slightly. The annual turnover generated in these corporate units increased by 83 billion to over 2.4 trillion euros. 

European enterprises account for more than half of this total. In 2018, the number of persons employed in foreign affiliates stood at 6.1 million (previous year: 6.0 million).

Share of the EU workface employed by companies with German participation
Of this figure, 2.8 million (previous year: 2.7 million) was accounted for by enterprises in the European Union (EU). Across all EU countries, the share of employed persons working in German foreign affiliates is 1.6%. German foreign affiliates are especially important for the national labour market of the Czech Republic (share of all employed persons: 5.6%) and Austria (share of all employed persons: 5.1%), in particular. By contrast, the share in Cyprus is only 0.3%.

The statistics on affiliates controlled by foreign investors (foreign affiliates statistics, FATS) provide information on, inter alia, the number of affiliates, the number of persons employed and turnover, broken down by geographical location and activity. FATS are in conformity with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 716/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2007.

The Bundesbank collects data on foreign affiliates controlled by German investors (outward FATS), whereas the Federal Statistical Office provides data on domestic affiliates controlled by foreign investors (inward FATS).